Endeavor Content is set to release Nine Perfect Strangers—Original Series Soundtrack digitally on August 20. Composed by Golden Globe and two-time Oscar-nominee Marco Beltrami (Hurt Locker, Free Solo), and Miles Hankins (The Night Before w/ Beltrami), the score can be both melodic at times and in others intensely dissonant in order to enhance the constantly changing moods of the psychological series. The Hulu Original series directed by Jonathan Levine premieres August 18 with three episodes. New episodes will stream weekly on Wednesdays.
Based on The New York Times bestselling book by author Liane Moriarty, “Nine Perfect Strangers” takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this 10-day retreat is the resort's director, Masha (Nicole Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies. However, these nine “perfect” strangers have no idea what is about to hit them. The star-studded cast includes Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Bobby Cannavale, Regina Hall, Samara Weaving, Melvin Gregg, Asher Keddie, Grace Van Patten, Tiffany Boone and Manny Jacinto.
“Nine Perfect Strangers” is from David E. Kelley, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories, Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films, and Endeavor Content. Jonathan Levine directs all eight episodes of the series and serves as executive producer alongside Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Jodi Matterson for Made Up Stories, Nicole Kidman and Per Saari for Blossom Films, Liane Moriarty, showrunner David E. Kelley, John Henry Butterworth, Molly Allen, Samantha Strauss and Melissa McCarthy. The series is co-written by David E. Kelley, John Henry Butterworth and Samantha Strauss.
Marco Beltrami notes: “’Nine Perfect Strangers’ is my fourth collaboration and first series with Jonathan Levine (Long Shot’, Warm Bodies, The Night Before). I love him as a director because his projects always seem to examine the human condition from radically different angles and this inspires innovation in the score."
For “Nine Perfect Strangers,” the series is constantly turning and shifting tone. Beltrami described, “Our score (Co-written with Miles Hankins) is a reflection of that evolution. It ranges from textural synthesis and at times cacophonous sound design, to overtly tuneful moments. This is reflected through the instrumentation which includes string quartet and piano with an electronic score. The series marks the third time Miles has co-scored a Jonathan Levine project with me.”
Hankins went on to say, “We wanted the score to underpin it all with a sense of uncertainty, and experimented with layering different musical ideas, recording them to tape, and then altering the speed or pitch of certain elements to varying degrees. At times, the result gives some of the cues a meditative or otherworldly feeling.”
MARCO BELTRAMI is a two-time Oscar nominated composer. He has collaborated with many iconic film directors including Kathryn Bigelow, James Mangold, Bong Joon-ho, Angelina Jolie, Robert Rodriguez, Luc Besson, Guillermo Del Toro, Wes Craven, Alex Proyas, Jonathan Mostow, Roland Joffé, Jodie Foster, David E. Kelley and Tommy Lee Jones.
Upon completing his undergraduate studies at Brown University, Beltrami entered the Yale School of Music on a scholarship. His pursuit of music composition then led him to Venice, Italy for a period of study with the Italian master Luigi Nono, and then to Los Angeles for a fellowship with Academy Award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith.
The composer established an early reputation as a genre innovator with his non-traditional horror scores for the Scream franchise. Beltrami’s musical palette has since expanded to virtually all film genres. Beltrami has received accolades for his music including two Academy Award nominations for Best Score: 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, and for Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker, starring Jeremy Renner, co-scored with frequent collaborator Buck Sanders. In 2011 Beltrami won a Golden Satellite Award (Best Film Score of the Year) for Soul Surfer. Beltrami scored the Marvel film Logan, directed by James Mangold, and Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, First They Killed My Father. He also wrote the theme for the hit video game Fortnite. Beltrami scored the critically acclaimed box-office hit A Quiet Place, which was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Score and shortlisted for Best Score for the Oscars. Beltrami won an Emmy for National Geographic’s 2019 Oscar winning documentary Free Solo, (with co-composer Brandon Roberts) for Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary, Series or Special.
He has lent his voice to such unique hit films as Live Free or Die Hard, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and I, Robot. His other scores include The Homesman directed by Tommy Lee Jones, the zombie comedy Warm Bodies directed by Jonathan Levine, the final installment of the Bruce Willis action series A Good Day To Die Hard, Snowpiercer starring Chris Evans and directed by Bong Joon-ho, the Brad Pitt action thriller World War Z, James Mangold’s The Wolverine, and The Night Before also directed by Jonathan Levine, starring Seth Rogan and Joseph Gordon Levitt.
Beltrami co-scored James Mangold’s Ford v. Ferrari (Twentieth Century Studios) with Buck Sanders, for which they were shortlisted for Best Score for the 2020 Oscars, with the film going on to receive four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Other recent projects include Guillermo Del Toro’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access, the Lionsgate comedy Long Shot starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen, and the Zac Efron-starrer Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile, and Evil. Most recently, Beltrami scored Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II, the Hulu Original series Nine Perfect Strangers, directed by Jonathan Levine, marking his fourth collaboration with the director (co-scored with Miles Hankins), and the upcoming Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
Miles Hankins has composed music for some of Hollywood’s most notable films and television series, lending a distinctive and versatile voice to the cinematic musical landscape.
He recently completed scoring the highly anticipated Hulu series Nine Perfect Strangers, starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy, working with frequent musical collaborator Marco Beltrami. Miles’s score for the critically acclaimed HBO series Being Serena received a Sports Emmy nomination for best composition and musical direction in 2019. Other scores include the Lionsgate feature Long Shot starring Charlize Theron, the Netflix animated series LEGO Elves, and the Columbia Pictures holiday comedy The Night Before, starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie. Miles has contributed music to many blockbuster film scores including the upcoming Columbia/Marvel release Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the hit Paramount horror franchise A Quiet Place Part 1 and 2, Lionsgate’s dystopian action thriller Chaos Walking starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, and Twentieth Century Fox’s summer tentpoles Fantastic Four and Hitman: Agent 47.
As much a student of film as of music, Miles grew up shooting home movies with friends and studying piano, violin and composition from an early age. He began sequencing and producing electronic music in his teens and focussed on jazz piano through much of his academic career. He has studied at the University of Miami School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and privately with Daron Hagen in New York. Miles was awarded by Hans Zimmer in the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition, and received ASCAP's Steve Kaplan award as a selected participant in the prestigious ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop. As a score reader with the Los Angeles Philharmonic he worked alongside many music and film luminaries such as John Williams, Joshua Bell, and Stanley Donen.
Endeavor Content is a global leader in the production and distribution of premium film and television content. The studio’s film titles include In the Heights and Just Mercy for Warner Bros., Book Club for Paramount Pictures, Blue Miracle for Netflix and Joe Bell with Roadside Attractions, as well as upcoming titles including Ambulance for Universal Pictures and My Best Friend’s Exorcism for Amazon. The studio produces premium TV series such as See and Truth Be Told on Apple TV+ and the upcoming Nine Perfect Strangers and Life & Beth for Hulu, Severance for Apple TV+ and Tokyo Vice for HBO Max. Endeavor Content also handles global distribution for hit series including Killing Eve, Normal People and The Night Manager.
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